Big Biology Day – here we go again
Autumn in Cambridge and that means time once again for Big Biology Day (BBD), now in its eight year. Part of the Royal Society of Biology’s annual Biology Week, each year BBD welcomes over 2,000 visitors of all ages for a day of hands-on biology activities, providing entertainment alongside education and careers advice.
We were keen to get involved once again and so Saturday 5th October 2019 saw the BTRU team head down to Hills Road Sixth Form College with our exhibition stand. It was great to be co-exhibiting once again with one of our sister BTRUs (Donor Health and Genomics).
The day turned out to be as popular as ever and we were delighted to welcome to our stand lots of visitors eager to know more about organ donation and transplantation and to see some of our research in action. The kidney perfusion rig – complete with Play-Doh kidney – was star of the show for the second year running, stimulating lots of interest and thought-provoking questions. Our awesome organs activities and quiz were a big hit with children and adults alike and our researchers also had the chance to chat with lots of teenagers about careers in medicine and research.
As always when we go out and about, we were blown away by the genuine interest in our work and our team, which makes our involvement so worthwhile. As well as raising awareness about organ donation and transplantation we hope we’ve inspired some of the next generation to become the scientists and surgeons of the future.
Hello Big Biology Day
Saturday 13th October 2018 saw the seventh Big Biology Day (BBD) in Cambridge and this year the BTRU team was delighted to be part of it all for the first time. Our home for the day was Hills Road Sixth Form College, which opened its doors and invited anyone with an interest in all things biology to come along and find out more. Over 2,100 visitors took up that invitation, making BBD 2018 the biggest yet and creating a real buzz from the beginning of the day to the end.
We had the chance to chat with lots of visitors about organ donation and transplantation and to show them some of our research in action, including our kidney perfusion machine complete with Play-Doh kidney, which was a big hit. Visitors also had the chance to get hands-on, learning some basic anatomy with our model torso, handling a range of surgical instruments and trying their hand at surgery on our laparoscopic simulator. They also got to test their own knowledge with our organ donation and transplantation quiz.
There was so much genuine interest in what we do and why we do it, which makes going out and about with our research so worthwhile. Hopefully we’ve raised awareness of organ donation and transplantation in general and of the BTRU in particular, as well as inspiring some young scientists and surgeons of the future.